This might be the first time I’ve felt an earthquake.
I was sitting on my bed when it started shaking. I felt it for a good 5-10 seconds. I went on twitter and saw a tweet from Brendan Prunty of the Star-Ledger which confirmed by suspicions. If you felt the earthquake and would like to help the (USGS) fill out this little form. You can find out how strong the earthquake was where you were by entering your zip code here. It was a 4.1 where I live.
From the Washington Post.
The earthquake’s epicenter was nine miles south of Mineral, Va., and 87 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS initially recorded the quake at 5.8 magnitude but later upgraded it to a 5.9. It struck at 1:51 p.m. Eastern time, the USGS said. At 2.8 magnitude aftershock was reported at 2:46 p.m.
Predictably Verizon, AT&T and Sprint customers all had trouble making phone calls in the aftermath but I was able to text on my AT&T phone.
Manhattan District Attorney’s press conference regarding Dominique Strauss-Kahn was interrupted by the earthquake and it was caught on video.
XKCD delivered with a great comic.
I’ve seen a lot of tweets and blog posts from the west coast mocking the east for the panic caused by this earthquake. I posted a response to that on Tumblr.
West coasters laughing at the east coast over the earthquake panic….just remember we’ve seen how you react to half an inch of snow.
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